OrderStorm keeps adding features to help you customize your store and sell more. The latest beta version of the OrderStorm WordPress e-Commerce plugin (0.5.6.2) adds more shipping methods and new ways to add groups of variations to products.
New Shipping Methods
OrderStorm’s Shipping Methods allow for very flexible shipping – both simple and complex. Here’s an overview and some recommendations on shipping setup.
Shipping Method Types
Flat rate example: Free shipping: Lower 48 US States – Price $0.
Custom table example: Orders over $80 ship free. $0-$30 ship $15, $31-$79 ship $20.
Here’s the Hierarchy
- If the shipping method is applied to a store and no zones are set, method will apply to all orders store-wide.
- If method is applied to a zone, it applies to all orders shipping to that zone. Example of a zone: Alaska and Hawaii.
- If method is applied to any product in the store, it only applies to that product and not the rest of the cart. Once you apply a method to a specific product, the method is no longer store-wide.
- A method can be applied to a product, category or vendor.
We recommend using Shipping Methods instead of the options on the product detail page or the batch update screens in most cases. They are much easier to change. If you decide to raise shipping from $8.95 to $9.95, its much easier to do it once in a shipping method than update product by product.
Add Variations to Products using Feature Sets
Feature groups are an easy way to change the features on your products. Add a new color to your color chart? Discontinue a color option? Change it once in the feature set and it applies to all products that use that feature set.
First create a feature set (under the Products/ Product features tab. Then apply it to a product or products.
Here’s an example of a product with a feature set including height and color. This feature set can be applied to all other products in the store that come with this set of variations.
Note on the latest release of the OrderStorm eCommerce plugin
Install or update to the latest version of the OrderStorm e-Commerce plugin from the WordPress repository and post your questions to the support forum. Remember to use the Customer Files Manager plugin for your CSS files or back them up before you run the update. Of course, you can still contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always here to help.